Wide Sargasso Sea
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Wide Sargasso Sea

By (author) Jean Rhys , Edited by Hilary Jenkins

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Jean Rhys' late, literary masterpiece "Wide Sargasso Sea" was inspired by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and is set in the lush, beguiling landscape of Jamaica in the 1830s. Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty. After their marriage the rumours begin, poisoning her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is driven towards madness.

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 14mm | 99.79g
  • 01 Nov 2006
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London
  • English
  • 0140818030
  • 9780140818031
  • 3,139

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Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1894. Coming to England aged 16, she drifted into various jobs before starting to write in Paris in the late 1920's. QUARTET was first published as 'Postures' in 1928. Her novels, often portraying women as underdogsout to exploit their sexualities, were ahead of their time and only modestly successful. From 1939 she lived reclusively, and was largely forgotten when she made a sensational comeback with 'Wide Sargasso Sea' in 1966. She died in 1979.

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